E. Howard Figure eight wall clock. A full set of Howards.
The "Figure Eight" form is arguably one of the most attractive antique wall clock forms in today's marketplace. It was manufactured in five separate sizes and cataloged as models 6 through 10. The most impressive example is the Number 6 and is largest of the five 5 measuring 4 feet 10 inches long. In comparison, the smallest example measures 2 feet 9 inches long and is called the Model Number 10. Traditionally, the cases are constructed in black walnut. Occasionally, one will find some minor variations to the moldings from one example to the next. All are fitted with weight driven movements, constructed in brass and excellent quality. They are designed to run eight days on a full winding.Please review our “Wall Clock” page for availability. We try hard to have a numbers of examples in stock.
About Edward Howard of Boston, Massachusetts.
The E. Howard Clock Company has an outstanding reputation for making high quality weight driven wall timepieces, standing regulators, public clocks and electro-mechanical master and watchman clocks.
The E. Howard & Company succeeded the Howard & Davis firm in 1857. The Howard and Davis firm was comprised of Edward Howard and David P. Davis and was established in 1842. Both men served their apprenticeship with Aaron Willard Jr of Boston. This firm was involved in watch and clock manufacturing since 1842. This firm also made high grade clocks, precision balances, sewing machines and fire engines. After the dissolution of Howard and Davis, Edward Howard went on to become Boston’s leading manufacture of weight driven clocks. This included residential clocks, commercial clocks and tower clocks. They also sold a large number of watchman and salve clock systems. These sold well in the late 1800’s.
It has been said that the E. Howard Clock company never made an inexpensive clock and that everything they made was of very good quality. As a result, Howard clocks have become very collectible and are prized by their owners. Today, the E. Howard clock name enjoys outstanding name recognition.
For a more in depth reading of E. Howard and his various businesses, please read Paul Foley’s book, Willard’s Patent Time Pieces.
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